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By Doyce Testerman
A mobilephone name from a soon-to-be-deceased ex-boyfriend launches a tender girl on a weird and wonderful street journey to a gloomy supernatural international hidden underneath America’s heartland during this remarkably ingenious debut novel from an electrifying new voice in modern fable. With Hidden Things, writer Doyce Testerman instantly takes his position along Neil Gaiman, Kim Harrison, and Melissa Marr by way of viewing modern day the United States via a tumbler darkly and reworking our mundane international right into a position the place unseen monsters and paranormal beings have lengthy inhabited the shadows. one of the Hidden Things in Testerman’s unheard of first novel are goblins, dragons, a road-weary clown, and creatures that experience by no means been labeled, becoming a member of a wise, difficult, brave girl protagonist on a wild cross-country thrill experience that readers won't ever omit.
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